Five Horse Race ?
Created on Feb. 12, 2014 11:44 PM EST
The Premiere League continues to keep us all on our toes this season. It is currently a four horse race between Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool. This by far the most open title race in the last few years, and with Manchester United not a contender, this season has been full of surprises.
What has been interesting to see is how many of the title contenders, in more than one occasion have missed great opportunities to take control and get some cushion between first and second place. After recently seeing Arsenal draw a couple games and starkly lose to Liverpool, many will argue they peaked too soon this season. With the difficult fixtures to come for the Gunners, it does not look good for them. A win over a broken Manchester United today would have continued their aspirations, however it is more likely that we will be seeing them continue downwards.
Chelsea and Manchester City have been very unpredictable teams this season. Both teams have great Managers and depth within the squad, but both have dropped crucial points along the way to really make a case to separate from the rest. Manchester City has had some very emphatic wins this season, and only with the exception of the 0-1 loss against Chelsea, they have been flawless at the Etihad. It is on the road that the Citizens have failed to impose their strength and really single them apart as they were able to do so two seasons ago. Chelsea recently had a crucial win against Manchester City, but have had some huge stumbles like the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge against West Ham, or the draw at the Hawthorns yesterday against West Brom. With a solid defense and dynamic midfield, their strikers are at fault and up top has been the missing piece this season. Players like defender Branislav Ivanovich have had to score important goals to rescue points for the Blues.
Before the Christmas break, Liverpool were sitting at the top of the table for a bit, but with back to back losses to Chelsea and Manchester City, they moved down to fourth and have been there since. After last weeks 5-1 win at Anfield against Arsenal, they have resurfaced as title contenders and are only four points behind leaders Chelsea. They have definitely built some momentum and with no participation in European tournaments this season, they will likely continue that momentum.
It seems with all this talk of the top four teams, no one has paid much attention to Tottenham who are currently fifth, and only 3 points away from Liverpool. Since sacking Andres Villas Boas in mid December, Tim Sherwood has revamped the Spurs. With a boastful record of seven wins, two draws, and a single loss coming from a visit to Manchester City, Sherwood has given Champions League hope to his side. A rejuvenated Emmanuel Adebayor has found some flare and good scoring form as of late. What’s to say Arsenal, Chelsea, or Manchester City finish fifth, and Tottenham end up in fourth place at the end of the season? With the various drop in points from the top teams, it is reasonable to think this season could very well be the tightest title race in history. And who knows, with someone at the top of the table dropping points this weekend, and a Tottenham win we might start to see a five team race for the title.